C. H. Herford, Percy Simpson, and Evelyn Simpson (eds), Ben Jonson, Vol. 11: Commentary; Jonson's Literary Record; Supplementary Notes; Index
XI. THOMAS WILLFORDAN EPITAPHvpon the most learned Comedian and moderne Poet, Beniamin Johnson who left the Church and died Año Dom̃i M.D.CXXX.
- 1HEre Johnson lies, who spent his days,
- 2In making sport, and Comicke plays:
- 3His life a Play, perform'd the worst,
- 4The last Act did disgrace the first,
- 5His part he plaid, exceeding well,
- 6A Catholike; vntill he fell
- 7To Sects and Schismes, which he did chuse,
- 8Like to a fiction of his Muse.
- 9He staid there 'till the Scene was past,
- 10Without a Plaudit given at last:
- 11So ill he plaid, the later part,
- 12The Epilogue, did brake his heart.
- 13When Death his bodie did surprise,
- 14The Fatall Sisters clos'd his eyes,
- pg 49415And tooke him to his tyring roome,
- 16Where I will leave him to his doome;
- 17But wish that I could iustly raise,
- 18Memorialls of eternall praise.
- 19But Ben, from whence thy mischiefe grew,
- 20I mourne, but must not say, A due:
From Hyemall Pastimes, B.M. Add. MS. 5541, poems from 1630 to 1648, f. 98.